Kathryn Prokopchak

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WYOMING — We honor the memory of our mother, Kathryn Prokopchak, who passed away 9 a.m. Monday, May 14, at age 97. Her passing was peaceful, with her beloved daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy), by her side.

Born in 1920 to Peter and Elizabeth Yakowec, Kathryn was the last remaining of their seven children, all of whom attended St. John's Russian Orthodox Church. Kathryn subsequently married Nicholas Prokopchak, of West Wyoming, who had preceded her in passing. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a trip to Russia, as a gift from their own seven children who live throughout the United States and always vied for their mother's attention by coaxing her to come visit them over the years.

For more than 20 years, Kathryn and husband Nicholas ran their successful milk and dairy bar business, Green Acres, in Wyoming, Pa. Renowned for her homemade ethnic dishes at lunch time and their homemade ice cream, Green Acres was a favorite family venue and popular meeting place.

Kathryn was a member of many community service organizations. She received an unprecedented honor from the Fraternal Order of Eagles in the state of Pennsylvania when she served as Mother of the Year for the Eagles Auxiliary in 1981-82. Kathryn was uniquely singled out to receive this honor a second term in 2005.

Kathryn, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40 years, served as the Eagles Auxiliary State President in 1975, which coincided with the bicentennial celebration for the United States. Kathryn was inducted into the Hall of Fame and even had the Golden Eagle Charity Fund named after her in the state of Pennsylvania, which annually raises money for humanitarian projects, charities and education.

Kathryn was an active member of the Daughters of America for 30 years, and she served as past state counselor and national representative for that organization. Not only did she sing in the choir of her church, she sang at many functions throughout the state in organizations where she held membership.

Over the years, Kathryn established her own successful business providing custom draperies and clothing. One of her most satisfying accomplishments was when the Very Reverend Michael Slovesko, then the priest at St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, asked her to make all the vestments for the priest, choirboys, draperies and tablecloths. To this day, when her daughter, Elizabeth, took her to liturgy at the church, Kathryn enjoyed seeing the exquisite vestments still gracing the church. Kathryn was a lifetime member of St. John's Russian Orthodox Church.

Despite all these service activities, Kathryn was always a mother first and foremost. She was soft-hearted, well-read, witty and playful with her own seven children and her 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Children were drawn to her wherever she went.

She is survived by her seven children: Kathryn Mabry, of Florida, Andrea Jenkins, of San Diego, Linda Stallone, of Iowa, Elizabeth Figg, of West Pittston, Jon Prokopchak, of Delaware, Nicholas Prokopchak, of West Wyoming, and Anusha Lang, of Denver. Kathryn will be greatly missed by the many friends, neighbors and relatives who loved her very much.

A viewing will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Simon S. Russin Funeral Home Inc., 136 Maffett St., Plains. Father George Volkavinski will hold a parastas service at 7 p.m.

A memorial and funeral service celebrating Kathryn's life will be held 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 19, from the Russin Funeral Home and a funeral service will follow at St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Burial will be in Fern Knoll Cemetery in Dallas, followed by a meal for family and friends at Leggio's Restaurant, 1 E. Centerhill Road, Dallas.

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Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
136 Maffett Street
Plains, PA 18705
(570) 823-0695
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Published in Times Leader from May 15 to May 16, 2018